The Gin Game
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I was privileged to see the incomperable Jessica Tandy and Hume Cronyn in the original stage production of this play. Strangely enough, although they also were a team of VERY long standing, they were able to overcome this issue. I understand that a VHS version of that performance is floating around. I strongly recommend seeing that, if you can.
Dick and Mary are a joy to watch together again in this simple story of two elderly residents of an old-folks home, who fill their days and nights by playing Gin Rummy and discussing their lives with each other.
If you're expecting nice, clean, sugar-coated dialogue from these two former television icons, think again. The script bristles with just about every four-letter word you can imagine. So you probably won't want to let young children view this movie.
I was quite surprised at the amount of salty language contained here...but pleasantly surprised. Dick Van Dyke's dialogue seems very "real" indeed. He talks just like you'd expect a crusty old geezer who's been put in a retirement home to talk -- complete with an assortment of expletives that many times had me howling with bursts of laughter. Dick is hysterical in this film. But he's also got some good serious moments in the movie as well.
Mary, as always, is also outstanding here too. And she gets off a few spicy zingers of her own (though not nearly as many as Mr. Van Dyke does).
I was a bit disappointed in the ending. I would have preferred an additional scene tacked on to the last reel, altering the rather downbeat ending that we get here. But, even without a "smiley face" ending, I still enjoyed this motion picture very much.Read more ›
I'd like to see the earlier Cronyn & Tandy version.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
since I could not afford to pay nearly $500 for the original Gin Game with Jessica Tandy I decided to try the remake and was delighted that the script stayed the same. Read morePublished 14 months ago by janet tidd
Really more a filmed theatrical staging for television, than a true film per se, this two-hander is solidly acted by Dick Van Dyke and Mary Tyler Moore. Read morePublished 15 months ago by K. Gordon
After seeing The Gin Game with Hume Chrome and Jessica Tandy, this is a disappointment. They were a hard act to follow.Published 15 months ago by Dorothy B. Rhodes
OK - but not near as good as the original cast of Hume Cronin and Jessica Tandy. Dick Van Dyke was a little too nice for my taste.Published 19 months ago by Gene Densmore
Dick Vandyke and Mary Tyler Moore are a terrific pair to do the remake of the Fabulous Gin Game.
Our family thoroughly enjoy this tremendous Play.
I love this story. I have read it twice and own the video (Also purchased from Amazon) I am planning to go to the BarterTheatre, in Abbingdon Va this summer to see the live play. Read morePublished on April 9, 2013 by Ron J
Ordered the dvd because of great admiration of Van Dyke and Moore; thinking any movie starring those two had to be worth watching. Read morePublished on March 9, 2013 by Brandy